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Easy Ham Croquettes with Mustard Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch

Makes

1 dozen

Whenever we have ham, any leftovers are set aside for these easy ham croquettes. I shape them early in the day, then simply fry them for dinner. The mild mustard sauce pairs especially well with ham. —Kathy Vincek, Toms River, New Jersey
Easy Ham Croquettes with Mustard Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ham, onion and parsley; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir into ham mixture.
  3. Spread into an 8-in. square baking dish; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. In a shallow bowl, combine egg and water. Place bread crumbs in a separate shallow bowl. Shape ham mixture into 12 balls (mixture will be soft); roll each ball in egg mixture, then in bread crumbs. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours longer.
  5. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry croquettes, a few at a time, for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Meanwhile, for the sauce, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in mustard. Serve with croquettes.

Nutrition Facts

1 croquette with 2 teaspoons sauce: 188 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 503mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

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